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Falisia Luxury Collection Hotel and Portopiccolo

Located on a private bay on the Triestine coast, Portopiccolo is a welcoming and exclusive base for exploring a unique territory. Dropping straight into the sea, the white calcium rocks of the Falesian cliffs exist in a protected natural environment. The fairy-tale architecture of the Castle of Miramare, surrounded by a rich park of botanical species and facing out onto the Marine Preserve protected by the WWF. And then, the Carso plateau with its colours that change from the green of Mediterranean scrub in summer to the intense reds of autumn. Located just a few miles from the Collio hill region, a series of pleasant hills accented by small villages and specialised vineyards where one can taste some of the best wines in the world. This place is very special. Not even that is protected by the rocks from wind ( you get this annoying Bora here few days per year) but it´s also boasts luxury apartments and villas set like a roman amphitheatre dotted aroud the rocks. There is a private beach club, panoramatic pool for residents, numerous beautiful boutiques e.g. Cruciani and Diptyque, cafes, restaurants and bars, cameras everywhere, undergroud parking and numerous little cute squares and streets. All super clean and new. On top of all this ( including a marina of course) you have Falisia, The Luxury Collection Hotel with gurmet restaurant called Cliff. Honestly I had the most amazing food here. The tasting menu was a journey and completely unexpected. Hotel also have cozy spa and very pleasant bright and spacious rooms. I must say that I (and its not often the case) felt home, welcomed and pampered. The staff was great, but so the managment was. I would gladly return here and I hope I will.

Rome and new Fendi private suites

Rome has numerous wonderful hotel but there is still something new to discover. Yes of course you can always check - in Hotel de Russie and you will be happy but there are some other properties worth trying. Villa Spalletti Trivelli - for the history, service and wonderful amenities and free minibar and wine tasting included in the rate. And the trip to the family vineyards is a must! J.K. Place - for the feel, design and privacy. Hotel First - for location, terrace and cozy rooms. or Fendi Private Suites - intimate and luxurious plus have unique Diptyque toiletries ( I adore Dipryque). Here you’ll find the classic visual language of Fendi, combining graphic rigour with imaginative freedom, history, tradition and modernity. In the Fendi words "The result is an elegant dialogue between old and new, starting with the layout of the apartments, which balances the beauty of the original structure with new and innovative uses of the space." In my words " Stylish, you see and feel luxury ( understated), mellow colours and disceet." Plus Zuma will open here soon.

Beautiful Puglia

Its almost impossible to list all the beautiful places in Puglia. You have two airport to choose from. Bari is the main gateway to Puglia (the other airport is at Brindisi further south) and the nearby Valle d’Itria, a rustic valley of olive trees, vineyards, and hill towns, is one of the most popular destinations in the region, known for its iconic trulli, circular stone huts found dotted around the countryside. Alberobello is another town (its quite touristy thou), but it’s such a unique and enchanting place (now also UNESCO) that it’s worth a few hours. than you have Locorotondo which is a labyrinth of white washed buildings, its quiet streets kept pristine by residents who decorate their balconies and staircases with pink geraniums. There are no major sights but this means it doesn’t get many visitors so it’s a delightful place to enjoy a leisurely lunch and stroll the streets. Ostuni is another maze-like white city on a hilltop just 8km from the Adriatic Sea where you’ll find some of Puglia’s most exclusive resorts. It’s a wonderful town to get lost wandering the alleys, climbing staircases, and dipping under archways; or browse the stalls of local fruit and vegetables at the Saturday market. Lecce (the capital of Salento) in a beautiful treasure plus has some very good shops! Is known for its exuberant baroque architecture in the golden Leccese stone of the area, its churches lavishly decorated with cherubs, gargoyles and griffins, and delicately carved columns and cornices. Otranto it’s just 72 km from Albania and its location has resulted in many invasions, the worst of which was the Turkish siege in 1480 when they destroyed much of the city and tortured and killed its people, but it has a stunning coastal location where you can combine morning visits to churches with an afternoon swimming in the clean turquoise sea. Gallipolli’s old town is on a island connected by a causeway to the mainland. It has a relaxed, elegant vibe, some stunning churches, and a golden curve of sand right in the centre of town, plus many more along the surrounding coast. It was ruled by the Greeks for five centuries between 7th and 2nd century BC, but all signs of their existence were destroyed by the Romans and most of the architecture seen now is from the Middle Ages. ....and there is so many other little towns still unspoiled. There is even a beach called Le Maldive del Salento (Pescoluse) which stretches for 8km. Its attractive dunes creating a natural barrier between the fine white sandy beach and the road, which runs parallel to the coast about 250m inland. I would say one of the best things to do in Puglia is to get to know the rich and delicious culinary & wine tradition, discover the wonderful towns, villages and the most amazing beaches.

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